Does Consumer Watchdog Founder Want Asimov-like Rules for Robot Cars?

By | July 10, 2017

  • July 11, 2017 at 4:10 pm
    Jim Backus says:
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    Someone smarter than I once said, “Just because we can do it, does not mean we should do it”.

    This is new technology that will ultimately save countless lives. However, our rules for liability have evolved over decades of trial and judgment, and continue to evolve.

    We need to ensure that new rules, laws and regulations are well thought out and properly implemented, even if it takes years. We do not need another ACA that ends up being FUBAR.

  • July 11, 2017 at 6:33 pm
    LisaL says:
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    If modern cars can be hacked now, I shudder to think what will hackers will be capable of with new tech cars.

  • July 12, 2017 at 11:18 am
    Observor says:
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    It will be interesting to see if many people will give up their control and autonomy of driving their own vehicle even if self driving cars are safer. My guess is that their will always be some sort of market for the older style. If self driving vehicles are significantly safer, will governments require that all vehicles on the road are self driving?

  • July 12, 2017 at 6:12 pm
    Hector Projector says:
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    If you believe that Harvey’s motivation is protecting the public, check this out.
    1. Go to
    2. On the “Consumers” tab, click “Administrative Hearings and Public Programs”
    3. Click the link “Prop 103 Consumer Intervenor Process”
    4. Click the link “Report on Intervenor Compensation 2003 to present”
    I’m guessing Harv’s favorite recent year was 2013 when CW gouged Mercury for over a million dollars in intervenor fees for filing a +8.8% rate increase. The consumer intervention mechanism was written into Prop 103 by Harvey. If you lived in California in 1988, you probably saw the commercials that ran for Prop 103, “Do you want to get 20% of the premiums you paid for the last 3 years on auto insurance refunded to you? Vote yes on Prop 103.” Insurance companies fought that provision as unconstitutional and won, no rebates issued. But too late because everyone took the bait and voted for it. Insurance companies also prevailed in court to continue to rate auto insurance based on zip code (CCR 2632.5(d)(15&16)). To this day, CW website says Prop 103 outlawed zip code rating. Not true. Harvey is now laying the groundwork for bilking money from the industry over autonomous cars, and using class warfare as justification. He will probably prevail, and the CDI is complicit because they are afraid of CW.

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